Stirling and Central Scotland

Stirling and Central Scotland

by John Gifford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300095945

ISBN-13: 9780300095944

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

Stirling and Central Scotland straddles the divisions between Highland and Lowland, rural and industrial Scotland. Castles range from Stirling, its fortifications enclosing a Renaissance palace of international significance, to the strongholds of medieval magnates at Doune, Blackness and Castle Campbell, from tower houses at Clackmannan and Alloa to the Georgian…  See more details below

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Stirling and Central Scotland straddles the divisions between Highland and Lowland, rural and industrial Scotland. Castles range from Stirling, its fortifications enclosing a Renaissance palace of international significance, to the strongholds of medieval magnates at Doune, Blackness and Castle Campbell, from tower houses at Clackmannan and Alloa to the Georgian barracks complex of Dumbarton. Many buildings fully explained for the first time include Kinneil House, which developed from tower, to palace of the Regent of Scotland to Restoration showhouse; and the huge spread of Callendar House, aggrandized over four centuries with many changes of dress. Other major houses include Bannockburn House, with its superb plasterwork, and the eighteenth century mansions of Strathleven House, Touch House and Robert Adam's castellated villa of Airthrey Castle. Dunblane Cathedral and Stirling's Church of the Holy Rude magnificently represent medieval churches while post-Reformation successors range from the rural simplicity of Baldernock to the sumptuously fitted Alloa West Church. The buildings of the many towns and picturesque villages are just as varied, from Stirling's medieval Old Town, to the Victorian townscapes of Alloa and Falkirk, the prosperous villadom of Bearsden and Lenzie, and the redevelopment of blitzed Clydebank. Industrial memories of the collieries, mills, shipyards and ironworks are also recalled, not least by the contrast between the workers' housing and the industrialists' mansions. Notable twentieth century buildings include the boomerang-shaped Bannockburn High School, the University of Stirling's lakeside campus and the evocative development of Lomond Shores while the twenty-first century has opened with construction of the Millennium Wheel at Falkirk.

John Gifford read history at Oxford before successively carrying out research for this series and working as an Inspector of Historic Buildings in the Scottish Office. Since 1980 he has been in charge of the Buildings of Scotland Research Unit. He is co-author of Edinburgh, author of Dumfries and Galloway, Fife and Highland and Islands, and is working on volumes covering Perth and Kinross and Dundee and Angus for this series. He has also published a biography of William Adam. John Gifford has been a committee member of the Scottish Georgian Society (now the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland) and a member of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Frank Arneil Walker studied at the Glasgow School of Architecture. He is an architect and for many years lectured in architectural history at the University of Strathclyde where he obtained his doctorate and is now Professor Emeritus. He has written on a variety of topics including Baronial architecture, the development of urban form in Scotland, fin-de-siecle architecture in Central Europe, and is author or contributing author of some twenty books including Argyll and Bute in the Buildings of Scotland series. He was appointed an OBE in 2002.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300095944
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Series:
Pevsner Architectural Guides Series
Pages:
936
Product dimensions:
4.75(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Text Figures and Mapsx
Arrangement of the Gazetteerxii
Access to Buildingsxiii
Acknowledgements for the Platesxiv
Forewordxv
Introduction
Geology1
Prehistoric and Early Historic Stirling and Central Scotland9
The Romans in Stirling and Central Scotland12
The Early Christian Period in Stirling and Central Scotland15
Medieval Churches17
Post-Reformation Churches22
Mausolea, Monuments and Statues35
Castles and Tower-Houses42
Country Houses50
Roads, Railways, Canals and Harbours64
Burgh and Village Buildings70
Rural Manses, Farmhouses and Steadings90
Industrial Buildings93
Stirling and Central Scotland103
Glossary795
Index of Artists823
Index of Places842

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